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Old 11-12-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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I am newbee and would like some info from more seasoned owners on what i can expect with new rv. The unit i a fourwinds hurricane 35 foot v10 ford,2010. Thanks for all info

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Old 11-12-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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If you search through the forums regarding MPG, you should see your unit would give you somewhere around 6.5MPG. Of course, it will depend on weather conditions, hills and how heavy your foot is. Good weather no headwind and flat terrain combined with driving 60MPH should give you 6.5.

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Old 11-12-2010, 10:21 PM   #3
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You won't have to travel many mountains around Florida, so you will do better than we do out West. My last MH was a PaceArrow Vision with the V-10, 38ft. We found on the flat, at 55 to 60mph we were averaging close to 8mpg (give or take 1) However; there is little out my way that is flat. Going over the Grapevine (a very long 6% grade) will drop our trip average to 4 to 5 mpg. Same is true heading to Las Vegas over Baker Grade, the grade is shorter and the trip averages 5 to 6 mpg. Speed naturally is a dominant factor. Above 60mph I swear I can hear the fuel being sucked into the engine...and I'm hard of hearing.
I think you can reasonable expect better than 6 and less than 8 mpg on your trips.
Hope this helps, Happy Trails.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:46 AM   #4
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kalynzoo, how are you checking mpg?
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:23 AM   #5
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With our previous 2002 coach we averaged close to 8.0 mpg and the range was 7.2-8.2 over 50k miles of travel across the US and Canada. That was a 36 foot, 22k lb coach with an 8.1L GM V8 engine. The V10 performs about the same.

The weight of your foot on the pedal has a lot to do with mpg in a big rig. Accelerate slowly, keep the speed under 65, and anticipate stops so you don't have to brake hard.
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2nd, what Gary said about the gas pedal is very true. No aggressive driving allowed with a big RV. Easy does it yields the best gas mileage.

3rd, at worst: towing a Jeep Liberty, with headwinds & hilly terrain averages us in the 6's or just below for mpg. At best: no toad, calm or tailwind & flat terrain averages us in the mid-7's for mpg.

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Old 11-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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I have a 2004 Coachman with the Ford V10. I have gotten as bad as 5 & as good as 7.2 in the past 4K miles since I have owned it. The RV only has 10K miles. I drive at the speed limit, I am not an aggressive driver & I do anticipate my stops & climbs even for over passes. I use the cruise when it makes sense to use it & I am not constantly climbing grades or hills. I will turn it off & on. I have not noticed any mileage difference between going 60 mph & 65 mph, where I have noticed the difference is in the terrain & wind conditions. To those that say to keep it at 60 or below. If time was not a major consideration when we travel I would try to keep the speed down, but as I stated so far I have not seen a difference in fuel consumption to justify it in my MH.
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We have an 06 F53 V10 34 footer. We pull a 9,600 loaded trailer using a Trailer Toad. I run by tech at about 2400 rpms about 58 mph. I use tow haul mode to start and stop and when I reach speed I turn it off. The same with cruise use on fairly flat ground. We have averaged 6.4 mpg over the last 10,000 miles. Have been to CO, FL and TX as the major part of the mileage. A Scangauge II is very helpful for all this.

Edit: It does not seem to make much difference whether we have the cargo trailer or the tow dolly with a Prius. Mileage remains about the same.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:29 PM   #9
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I have an 06, 36ft pace arrow on workhorse chassis. We pull an HHR and mileage runs between 6.5 and 7 MPG. I travel with a fellow that has a 35 ft. winnebego on a workhorse chassis and pulls an HHR also. He claims to get 8mpg, but I can't believe there could be that much difference between his unit and mine.
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Our signature Georgetown is averaging about 7.5 mpg over our 1200 or so miles since we bought it. Two trips went over the Cascades into Eastern WA, one in very windy conditions. The other two were at close to sea level in the greater Puget Sound area and down to the Oregon coast. Ours is a completely stock configuration F53 with the V-10.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:10 PM   #11
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I have been getting 8.5 mpg towing a honda.Since that is two vehicles traveling down the road I figure I'm getting 17 mpg.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:56 PM   #12
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Bottom line is take lots of fuel money when you travel. If you have some left when you get back then that was a sucessful trip. Years ago there was a guy in my home town that swore he was getting 20 mpg with a big V8 in his mid-70s full sized Chevy pick-up. I doubted him but after discussing it with him he was right. He got 7 mpg in town and 13 mpg on the highway for the total of the twenty mpg he claimed. In 2009 my 1993 Bounder 32 ft gasser got between 8.25 and 8.5 mpg pulling a Jeep Wrangler about 6,000 miles from Colorado to Canada to New England and back. Last winter that same Bounder and Wrangler combination barely got 7 mpg going from Colorado to Tucson and back. Wind, temperature, weight, driving speed, hills/mountains, condition of the MH all affect mileage. I've found that it is just about always windy on the roads in the west, and there are more hill than you want. Why is it I always going uphill into the wind?

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